Governor signs recycled water bill for new construction

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will likely boost the use of recycled water in apartment communities.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Assemblyman Mike Gatto

Under AB 2282 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, the state must adopt mandatory building standards for installing recycled water systems. When adopted, these standards will apply to newly constructed commercial and public buildings and single and multifamily homes that are near existing or planned water-recycling facilities. A 2009 study indicates that 51 out of California’s 58 counties recycle municipal waste water, according to a bill analysis.

“In several cities, recycled water has been approved for irrigation and other non- potable uses,” Gatto has said, according to a bill analysis. “Though recycled water plays a crucial role in the future water plans of most California cities, there has been little effort in preparing the commercial and residential building stock for recycled water use.”

The California Apartment Association supported Gatto’s legislation, which comes amid the severe drought and should help the state meet its commitment to cut per-capital water use by 20 percent by 2020.

“AB 2282 will help establish thoughtful and comprehensive standards that will not only focus on creating the necessary infrastructure for recycled water, but will also consider factors such as cost and feasibility,” CAA said in a letter supporting the proposal.

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